We know that many social enterprises have been at the forefront of the response to Covid-19 and will also play a vital role in the recovery from this crisis, and we are keen to showcase the incredible impact that social enterprises have been creating during this challenging time.
For our annual ‘Making a Mark’ competition, we are inviting our Mark holders to share their ‘Story of 2020’, showing how their organisation responded to the Covid-19 outbreak and how they have weathered the storm to continue providing much needed support to local communities and wider society. We are looking for stories of resilience and adaptability, of which we know there are many!
We are encouraging video submissions where possible – these need not be professionally created, just a short video message recorded on a phone will do! All we ask is that it clearly illustrates how the organisation has responded to the demands and challenges created by Covid-19 – this could be providing new services, switching to new ways of delivering services, or supporting different individuals/groups to your usual beneficiaries. If submitting a video, we ask that it does not exceed 5 minutes in length.
Entries will be judged according to how engaging they are in describing the key role of social enterprises in the fight against Covid-19. When judging entries, consideration will be given to such elements as:
- Is the impact of Covid-19 on the organisation, its beneficiaries and other stakeholders (e.g. staff) clearly articulated?
- How has the organisation worked to address these impacts? What results have there been?
- How imaginative and creative was the subject matter in terms of how the organisation responded to particular issues or needs?
- How the story is presented and conveyed
The competition is open to all organisations accredited by Social Enterprise Mark CIC. To enter, simply send across your ‘Story of 2020’ to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 16th April. Although we do encourage video submissions, we will accept alternative entries if video is not a viable option for you. Alternatives could include impact reports, news articles, or updated social impact statements.
We will select a shortlist from the entries, which will be showcased on our website and via social media. An external panel will judge the final entries, with the winner being announced in June.
If you have any questions or would like any additional guidance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.